Impress Design was engaged to complete the design and plain English review of The Hills Shire Council’s Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) and supporting strategies. As one of the first to release a draft LSPS within NSW, The Hills Shire Council had the opportunity to lead the way and set the standard by presenting an outstanding final product that is the benchmark for all councils in NSW.
We were tasked with designing and producing a suite of eight long form documents to ensure they are fully compliant with the guidelines established by the Greater Sydney Commission. The eight documents comprised a total of around 600 pages of content. The content was to be supported by professional maps, imagery, infographics and a clear and consistent design and style that encouraged readability and interest and promoted the professionalism of Council and the character of The Hills Shire Council. All of the documents needed to be provided as web accessible PDF’s ensuring that they could be understood by those individuals who are visually impaired.
Given the scale and tight timeframes, we applied best practice project management principles to the management of this project. This included working to a collaborative, prepared project plan and a staged approach which incorporated time for Council to provide feedback. The process was broken down into the following stages;
- Concept design
- Typesetting/ layout and map creation
- Final artwork and web accessibility
Due to a change in client circumstances, halfway through the project we were asked to fast track the design of the remaining reports. We were given one week to complete a large portion of the work. We accepted the challenge, which resulted in our team working after hours and on weekends, but we achieved the goal. The project was delivered on time and on quality. Our client was extremely impressed with the final products.